Unless you have done it a few times, buying a home is usually a confusing process. It is filled with all sorts of technical details like mortgage approval process, underwriting, title work, inspections, and on and on.
When you are getting ready to buy a home, the biggest thing you can do to help make the process easy (and protect yourself!) is to hire a great real estate agent. Below are a few key questions to ask when interviewing a real estate agent to help you move into your dream home.
1. Do you work as a Realtor full-time?
Many people see getting their real estate license as a great way to make some part-time income. While these people could be great, you are better off going with an agent who is fully committed to their career as a Realtor.
2. What makes you a better choice than other buyers' agents?
A simple, but powerful question. If the answer is something generic like, “I work harder”, not good enough. A professional buyers agent should be able to tell you about his/her strategy for the negotiations process or how he/she anticipates and plans for the usual problems that arise for buyers. Any agent can find houses online, show you them, write up a template offer, and pass you off to an inspector and title company. A real professional knows what differentiates him/her and should be able to communicate it easily to you.
3. Can you give me a list of references to call?
Get at least 3 references and ACTUALLY CALL THEM! When you call, make sure these people aren’t family members or the agent’s best friend. Ask the references what the agent did that impressed them and listen to what they have to say. The answer will give you a lot of insight into how the agent is likely to work with you.
4. Will you work with me directly through the entire process or will there be other people involved?
The bigger name offices like Keller Williams, Remax, Century 21, and so on, typically have a whole team of people. These teams can consist of the following: listing agent, team leader, receptionist, transactions coordinator, marketing director, and more. As a true professional who is dedicated to his/her clients will NOT pass you off to a team so he/she can work on signing up the next buyer. An agent who is committed to getting results will work with you directly from start to finish to make sure everything is handled properly the first time.
When you are ready to buy a home, choose an agent who puts years of experience to work for you. Choose a J&J Realtor and experience something more. Call us today or fill out the form here to get in touch.
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